Pacquiao gets call from three world champs for unification fight

Solenn Plantier
Mai 31, 2017

But Brook, 31, who won the title from American Shawn Porter three years ago, broke through Spence's guard on a few occasions with right hands.

Those who watch the Kell Brook vs. Errol Spence Jr. fight live online will likely see a strong performance from Brook, the IBF welterweight belt holder. With his left eye now compromising his vision, Brook took a beating in the ninth, with the tenth heralding his first knockdown early in the round after a series of jabs to the now-closed eye opened him up for Spence's more venomous punches.

Brook was downed by spence in the 10th round but rallied admirably, only to have the fight stopped in the 11th after a brutal flurry of punches.

"Now he's got to consider his future and I think he's one of the best fighters in the world and he needs to move up in weight". Sheffield is a blue-collar town and there will be a strong contingent supporting one of their own. I wear my heart on my sleeve.

"If the eye hadn't have gone I think the fight would have mapped out a little bit differently but it is what it is and I didn't get the win".

"I watched some of his fights and he likes to fight at a certain pace". "I chose to press the action and come forward more and basically break him down and press him out". Yet Brook claimed his determined nature was the reason he ignored advice from those close to him urging him up to move up a class, with a desire to hang on to his belt overriding anything else. I've been on to Eddie (Hearn, my promoter) to make it happen for a few years now.

And today he has told Sky Sports that he has broken his left eye socket, the same injury that he suffered in his last fight, a defeat to unbeaten middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin. He doesn't want to have to go through the same procedure of any operation again. This time, it was his left eye. "But I found my feet - I can put those losses to bed now, get on with my life and hopefully go onto better things".

Brook said: "I'm devastated but I'm also happy because I'm hearing the fans had a great night and I'm walking out, looking up and thinking will this ever be done again?" Allen's father had won on Herol Graham's undercard in 1984 when Bramall Lane last hosted a boxing event.

Thunderous boos filled the stadium as the challenger from Texas, Errol Spence Jr (22-0, 19 KOs), made his way into the ring. "I want to fight Keith Thurman ... and all of the champions".

According to Kell Brook's always outspoken head trainer, Dominic Ingle, fight fans should judge slowly when anointing the new title holder as the future of the sport and the best of boxing's new glamour division.

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